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Nick Hawkins

Home Foundation Expert

Nick's Three Tips

Nick Hawkins has over 30 years experience in House Foundations, restumping and reblocking in Melbourne. He is an expert in restoring homes to their former glory and has been called upon by countless home buyers for his advice prior to purchasing their homes.

Nick is passionate about sharing his knowledge and thought he would share this with a series of his 'three tips' across a range of topics related to your home. 

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What are five signs you house needs restumping?

The stumps that support the foundation of your house are essential for maintaining its structural integrity. Over time, these stumps can deteriorate or shift, leading to a range of issues that can compromise the safety and stability of your home. If you're unsure whether your house needs restumping, here are five signs to watch out for:

  1. Uneven floors: One of the most common signs that your house needs restumping is uneven floors. If you notice that your floors are sloping or sagging, it's likely that the stumps supporting your house have shifted or deteriorated.

  2. Cracks in walls or ceilings: Another telltale sign that your house needs restumping is cracks in the walls or ceilings. These may be caused by shifting or settling of the foundation, which can occur when the stumps are no longer able to provide adequate support.

  3. Doors and windows that stick: If your doors or windows are difficult to open or close, it may be a sign that the foundation of your house has shifted. This can cause the frames of your doors and windows to warp, making them difficult to operate.

  4. Visible signs of damage: Take a walk around the perimeter of your house and inspect the stumps that support the foundation. If you notice any signs of damage, such as rot, cracks, or insect infestations, it's likely that these stumps need to be replaced.

  5. Pests in the house: Finally, if you're experiencing problems with pests such as termites or ants, it could be a sign that your house needs restumping. These pests can enter your home through gaps and cracks in the foundation caused by deteriorating or shifting stumps.

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to contact a professional restumping contractor as soon as possible. Restumping is a complex and specialized process that requires expertise and specialized equipment, so it's essential to hire a contractor who is experienced and qualified to perform the job. Restumping your house can be a significant investment, but it's a necessary one to ensure the safety and stability of your home for years to come.


We specialise in areas such as Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Highett, Hampton, Brighton, Parkdale, Mentone, Mordialloc, Aspendale, Edithvale, Seaford, Frankston, Chelsea, morning and the whole Bayside area.

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